Responding to the changing costs associated with taking on apprentices as a result of the introduction of the Apprenticeship Standards model and Apprenticeship Levy, automotive sector professional body, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), has launched a new version of its Apprentice ROI Calculator. Available as a free online tool for automotive businesses, the IMI ROI Calculator provides an easy way to assess how quickly different levels of apprentice can deliver a return on investment in their recruitment and training. Topline analysis by the IMI, taking into account the additional costs associated with the Apprenticeship Levy for larger employers and the need for increased supervision by a mentor technician, show that a level 3 automotive maintenance and repair...
New data suggests a quarter of cars that pass the MOT do so with advisories that could pose a danger over time. Research by ProTyre from 150 nationwide garages suggests that such a scenario could apply to up to 9,550,000 vehicles on UK roads. According to the company’s findings, the most common MOT advisories surround tyres and brakes. Nearly one in six drivers who pass their MOT leaving the forecourt with advice from engineers to have them fixed soon. Around one in seven advisories relate to vehicle suspension and one in 45 are related to headlights. Worryingly, around 12% of drivers leave the MOT with two or more advisories. Once unroadworthy and discovered by authorities, driving a vehicle with defective tyres, brakes or with unfit parts that could cause
Diagnostics supplier Hella Gutmann Solutions (HGS) has teamed up with online car repair marketplace WhoCanFixMyCar.com. Drivers who use WhoCanFixMyCar.com to find a workshop will now be able to differentiate between those that utilise HGS tools, thereby providing a comprehensive diagnostic service and those who don’t, by seeing the HGS logo on the workshop’s profile and choosing accordingly. By becoming a workshop partner of HGS, technicians have access to they company’s diagnostic equipment and expert advice. They will also benefit from motorists recognising their diagnostic expertise and selecting the workshop as a preferred choice. The WhoCanFixMyCar.com webs
Nissan has claimed that with the emergence of 1,000 new electric vehicle (EV) charging point locations, there are now more of these in the UK than filling station forecourts. The EV pioneer has correlated data from the Energy Institute and charge point mapping app Zap-Map to establish that there are now 9,300 EV charging locations compared to 8,400 fuel stations. ‘In less than a century since Britain’s first fuel station opened – November 1919 at Aldermaston in Berkshire – the number of forecourts has peaked, declined and been overtaken by charging stations designed for battery, not combustion-powered cars,’ the company said in a statement. ‘Almost 80% of UK petrol stations have closed since 1970, while the number of electric vehicle charging locations has increased
Roads Minister Michael Ellis MP has announced that the Department for Transport (DfT) would be reviewing the evidence base for the benefits of recovery operators being permitted to use red flashing warning beacons, in a significant win for the roadside rescue and recovery industry. Currently, only amber lights are allowed to be used at the roadside. However, following a Westminster Hall debate led by Tracey Crouch MP, the DfT has pledged to look at the evidence that red lights offer increased safety benefits due to their ability to be sighted from further away. The review into the evidence base for red lights follows a 10 month-long push for recovery operators to be able to use red lights led by the Campaign for Safer Roadside Rescue and Recovery(CSRRR). The Campaign has been sp...
Over 10 million vehicles have failed their MOT since the introduction of the new test last year, highlighting the importance of the 3-1-1 system. In just over a year since the MOT changed, Over a third (33%) of vehicles failed the new tests, and almost one-in-10 (9%) failed with a ‘dangerous’ outcome. The findings comes after a Freedom of Information request was approved for breakdown cover provider Green Flag. The new MOT test results show: 30,488,960 MOT tests taken nationwide, 10,001,293 (33%) of these were fails and 20,487,667 (67%) were passes. Of these, 2,817,967 (9%) vehicles yielded dangerous results and 9,095,989 (44%) yielded major results. “Drivers should be aware of the risks of driving a faulty car,” said Mark Newbery, Green Flag's commercial director. “It
The Independent Garage Association (IGA) has announced that it will launch a new awards event to celebrate independents in the UK. The British Independent Garage of the Year awards (BIG Awards) will take place on a Friday in the Summer of next year, and aims to help raise the profile of the independent sector. The event will highlight the contribution of both businesses and individuals. As the automotive industry faces a number of challenges, and with many of these filtering through to the independent aftermarket, the IGA believes that such an awards programme will help consumers to see how strong the aftermarket is, and how reliable and trustworthy the sector can be in maintaining a customer’s vehicle. The IGA promises that the event will be on par with other major awards in
Dust from car brakes and tyres will be the biggest pollution factor in the UK when the country’s vehicle fleet has gone all electric, a new study has found. Fragments of microplastics from tyres, road surfaces and brakes will also flow into rivers, and ultimately the sea, government advisors have suggested. Ministers have now said that based on the report, they will look to introduce new standards to improve tyres and brakes, and is calling for industry support, to prevent the potential pollution levels they may cause. The government’s Air Quality Expert Group said particles from brake wear, tyre wear and road surface wear directly contribute to well over half of particle pollution from road transport. "No legislation is currently in place specifically to limit or re
The Bloodhound Land Speed Record project has announced its plans to run for the first time on its dry lake bed race track at Hakskeen Pan, Northern Cape, South Africa, in October 2019. Following successful 200mph UK runway trials at Cornwall Airport Newquay in October 2017, the team will be targeting 500mph, a key milestone on the journey to setting a new world land speed record. Since the Bloodhound project’s relaunch in March 2019, following its acquisition from administration by Ian Warhurst the Bloodhound LSR team have been firmly back on the trail of a world land speed record. Under the new ownership of Ian Warhurst, CEO of Grafton LSR, the freshly assembled Bloodhound LSR team have focussed on both the logistics of deploying the team and car to a remote corner of the Kalah
The UK new car market has declined for a fourth consecutive month, with plug-in hybrid (PHEV) demand suffering significantly following the withdrawal of government grants. Registrations of new cars in the country fell by 4.9% year-on-year in June, with 223,421 units sold, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). In the first half of the year, the new car market is down by 3.4% with 1,269,245 vehicles joining UK roads. PHEV troubles The month saw growth for petrol and battery electric vehicles (BEVs), up 3% and 61.7% respectively, but this was not enough to offset the continuing decline of diesel, which fell for the 27th month in a row, posting a drop of 20.5% in June. Significantly, PHEVs continued their recent down...